Early yesterday evening, Troopers responded to a single vehicle crash that killed a man from Leesville. Excessive speed is considered a factor in the crash.

Early yesterday evening, Troopers responded to a single vehicle crash that killed a man from Leesville. Excessive speed is considered a factor in the crash.

Troopers responded to the crash around 6:00 p.m., which occurred on Hwy 1146 south of US 171. The crash involved a 2014 Yamaha motorcycle, driven by a 28-year-old male.  The Yamaha was southbound on Hwy 1146, at a high rate of speed, when the driver lost control and exited the left side of the roadway. After exiting the roadway, the motorcycle began overturning and collided with a tree. 

The driver was wearing a helmet but was pronounced dead.

The identity of the driver is being withheld, at this time, pending notification of the family. 

Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.

Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway, extends the distance necessary to stop a vehicle, and increases the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a situation. Speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors are among the leading causes of highway crashes and fatalities.

Motorcyclists must wear a proper US D.O.T. helmet when operating their motorcycle on Louisiana roadways. Although not all crashes are survivable, properly utilizing safety equipment like approved motorcycle helmets and seat belts decrease your risk of serious injury or death. 

Troop E Troopers have investigated eight fatal crashes in 2017, resulting in eleven fatalities.